NRPA is excited to change up the way we do advocacy with the Park Champion initiative. Through the Park Champion initiative, NRPA members and community advocates are serving as year-round ambassadors for their community to their elected officials. With the support of the NRPA Public Policy team, our Park Champions are learning how to be effective advocates by engaging their federal elected officials with phone calls, letters, sign-ons, and, most importantly, events.

Park Champions across the country are inviting their members of Congress and their staff to see their parks and programs first-hand at park dedications, program kick-offs, special events, and more! The Park Champion show-and-tell advocacy model allows our members to create meaningful experiences for members of Congress that demonstrate the importance of investing in parks and recreation.


Become a Park Champion


NOTE: The deadlines for submitting for the 2017 Park Champion of the Year Award* and the 2017 Park Champion Photo Contest have now passed. Please stay tuned to hear if your agency is one of the winners of these awards! 

* Park Champion events held after August 31st, 2017 are eligible for the 2018 Park Champion of the Year Award.

Become A Park Champion!

  1. Read "What It Takes To Be A Park Champion"
  2. Attend a Park Champion webinar 
  3. Sign up to be a Park Champion

Current Park Champions

Get Started

It's easy to invite your members of Congress to your next event with our step-by-step Park Champion event planning guide, the Park Champion Advocacy Toolkit

Start Planning Your Park Champion Event


Contact Jayni Rasmussen, Advocacy and Outreach Manager, with questions.  

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